Brook Lopez connected on 7 three-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-98, on Wednesday, November 16 (Thursday, November 17, Manila time).
Giannis Antetokounmpo fell just 2 assists shy of a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the Bucks, who won for just the second time in five games after starting the season 9-0.
The Cavaliers, who nearly rallied from a 22-point fourth-quarter hole on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, fell behind by 20 in the second half Thursday. They pulled within 9 in the fourth quarter but could get no closer, losing their fifth straight after an eight-game win streak.
Jordan Nwora led an overpowering Milwaukee bench effort, scoring 21 points and leading the Bucks to a 45-20 bench advantage.
Donovan Mitchell returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle and finished with 23 points, matching the 23-point effort of teammate Darius Garland.
Early on, it was Cleveland that enjoyed the momentum, building a pair of 10-point leads early in the second quarter. But Lopez rallied the Bucks with 7 points in the period to help the Bucks close the first half with a 61-60 lead.
Milwaukee used a 13-0 run early in the third quarter to build a 75-63 lead as Lopez connected on a pair of key three-pointers. Lopez made all 4 of his shots in the third, including 3 three-pointers as Milwaukee opened a 20-point lead at 91-71.
While one Lopez brother was red-hot for Milwaukee, Robin Lopez and the Cavaliers went cold in the third, missing 10 of their first 11 shots, including a pair of dunk attempts at the rim.
The Cavaliers did a solid job defending Antetokounmpo in the first half, holding him to just 6 points on 1-of-4 shooting.
The Bucks play in Philadelphia Friday before returning home for a four-game homestand beginning Monday against Portland.
The Cavaliers will hope to get back on track when they return home Friday against Charlotte to begin a four-game homestand in a six-day span. – Rappler.com